God is Our Default Condition … In the Beginning
Date: March 20, 2016
Place: Courts of Praise
Preacher: Don Byrt
Theme Scriptures: Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 23, Psalm 139:13-16, John 3:16-17
a. Discussion of the default settings that we are familiar with in the operation of computers and software programs.
- What are they like?
- What are the purposes of default settings?
- What do they do?
- Can they be changed?
- Can they be restored?
In the Beginning
a. Genesis 1:1-3a – Let there be …. (see all of Genesis 1, note verse 31)
b. Genesis 1:26-27 – The default setting (condition) for human beings. See also Genesis 2:24-25, 3:8-13
c. Psalm 139:1-18 – A wonderful description of our beginning and God’s complete knowledge of us and of our needs.
d. Psalm 37:1-4; Psalm 23 – Descriptions of the default condition as intended.
e. Genesis 12:1-4 – The call of Abram, and his response. A new beginning of faith, response and righteousness in God’s grace.
f. Isaiah 50:4-5 – Wouldn’t it be wonderful! What would it look like?
g. Jeremiah 31:31-34 – The promise of the restoration of the default condition. Can you think of other such promises in the Old Testament?
h. Psalm 34:7; Psalm 91; Matthew 4:11 – The ministry of angels is intended as part of the default condition of our lives. (See also Session 13)
In the New Testament
a. Jesus in the gospels
- John 1:1-14 – In the beginning …
- John 3:16-17 – God chooses not to destroy the creation and start over, but to refresh and restore the world to its original splendor, and we are included in the default setting restoration.
- Matthew 11:25-30 – When we break away from the original purpose of God for us, life is wearying and burdensome. Jesus invites into His yoke, his harness, to be refreshed and restored to our default settings.
- Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18 – New Testament appearance (look) of the original default settings. Can you suggest others?
- John 20:19-23 – This is what the default condition looks like from inside the restored person.
b. The Church in the Acts and the Epistles; what restoration looks like and delivers
- Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4, 10:1-48 (esp. 47, 48) – Again, in the beginning
- Romans 8:1-17, 28-30 – Who are we meant to be, in Christ?
- 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, 6:19-20, 15:50-58 (but really all of 15) – Our intimate relationship with God who loves us so deeply
- 2 Corinthians 5:17-6:2, 10:3-5 – Reconciliation and warfare
- Galatians 3:26-4:7, 6:7-10 – The depth and standing of that relationship, and the intended outflow from it
- Ephesians 2:8-10, 4:11-16, 6:10-18 – It really is about God’s love and grace, isn’t it? And … he equips us completely!
- Philippians 1:6 – Our confidence is to be in God and God’s ability to complete what He has begun.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 – This is all about default settings in the human being; it is how we are made to be.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 – Fear is not a default setting; power, love and soundness of mind are default settings.
- 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16 – The place of the “Word” of God in the default condition.
- Hebrews 4:9-11a – The “Sabbath rest” God intends for His people
- Hebrews 4:12-13 – The Word is central to our being able to maintain consistent default integrity and balance
- Hebrews 4:14-16 – The default basis for our confidence before God
- Hebrews 11:1-3 – The centrality of FAITH
- Hebrews 12:1-3 – We are not alone; therefore let us run the race with perseverance
- James 1:13-18 – Get it straight! Know the source of temptation and evil, and know the source of all good.
- James 2:14-18 – Our default settings include faith AND works, not one OR the other.
- James 4:7-10 – The secret of SUCCESS in this life of faith in God
- 1 John 1:8-10 – Sin, confession and forgiveness and the default setting
- 1 John 4:4 – Who really is “THE GREAT ONE”?
- 1John 5:16 – We are to care when another falls
- Revelation 3:20 – God’s invitation
- Revelation 4:11 – Who is really worthy … and why!
- Revelation 21:1-7 – The final restoration of all default settings
- Revelation 22:17 – God’s invitation to you to participate in the new creation … Eden restored!